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Collection Details


Collection Name: Labor History: Desegregating Unions during WWII
Repository Name: California State University, Long Beach. Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Long Beach, California, United States
URL: http://www.csulb.edu/projects/voaha/summary/page11.html
Material Formats: [5 documents with audio]
Description: While CIO unions were committed to organizing all workers, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, and had a relatively good record on civil rights, most AFL craft unions engaged in a variety of discriminatory practices. Consequently, although the expanded job market resulting from the wartime industrial boom in Los Angeles created openings for Black workers in both the aircraft and shipbuilding industries, they often found themselves either excluded from unions, or assigned to Jim Crow locals.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 5
Interviews: [5 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: Industry and Labor; History; Economics
ASP Subjects: African American labor union members; African Americans--Civil rights; African Americans--Employment; American Federation of Labor, 1886-; California; California--History; Labor; Labor laws and legislation; Labor movement; Oral history; Segregation--United States; Unfair labor practices; United States; Women; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--War work
Collection Code: OHC0000248